Tiger Shark (1932)

78 or 80 mins | Romance, Adventure | 24 September 1932

Director:

Howard Hawks

Cinematographer:

Tony Gaudio

Editor:

Thomas Pratt

Production Designer:

Jack Okey

Production Company:

First National Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

According to copyright records the title of Houston Branch's unpublished short story was "Tuna." The plot of this film strongly resembles that of the 1936 Warner Bros. film Bengal Tiger written by Roy Chanslor and Earl Felton (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3. 0287). Outdoor sequences were filmed on location in Monterey, CA. Modern sources name John Lee Mahin and Howard Hawks as uncredited ... More Less

According to copyright records the title of Houston Branch's unpublished short story was "Tuna." The plot of this film strongly resembles that of the 1936 Warner Bros. film Bengal Tiger written by Roy Chanslor and Earl Felton (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3. 0287). Outdoor sequences were filmed on location in Monterey, CA. Modern sources name John Lee Mahin and Howard Hawks as uncredited writers. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
23 Aug 32
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Aug 32
p. 2.
International Photographer
1 Sep 32
p. 32.
Motion Picture Herald
27 Aug 32
p. 38.
New York Times
23 Sep 32
p. 22.
Variety
27 Sep 32
p. 17.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Supv
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
2d cam
Asst cam
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Marine supv by
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Vitaphone Orch cond
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
Still photog
DETAILS
Release Date:
24 September 1932
Copyright Claimant:
First National Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
3 September 1932
Copyright Number:
LP3228
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
78 or 80
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After surviving a shipwreck, San Diego tuna fisherman Mike Mascarenhas, an immigrant from Portugal, loses a hand to a shark. The following season, one of his crew, Manuel Silva, falls overboard and is killed by the sharks following the boat. Mike brings the bad news to Quita, Manuel's daughter. Moved by Quita's beauty as well as her lonely situation, Mike, who is unpopular with women, takes care of her, bringing her food and money. When he asks her to marry him, Quita confesses that she does not love him, but he insists that this does not matter to him and he will accept her as she is. Touched by his generosity, Quita agrees to marry him. At the wedding, however, she falls in love with Pipes Boley, a fellow fisherman who is Mike's best man. When Quita tells Pipes of her love, he plans to leave town, but before he does, he catches a fishing hook on the back of his neck and Mike brings him home to recover. While Quita nurses him, she and Pipes fall deeper in love. Quita accompanies Mike and Pipes on a fishing trip, where, overcome by her feelings, she embraces Pipes, unaware that Mike is watching. Angry, Mike punches Pipes and dumps his unconscious body into a leaking boat, where, he gloats, the sharks will enact justice. As Mike watches the sharks surround Pipes, his foot is caught in a line and he is dragged overboard, where the sharks attack him. The men pull him out and he dies of his injuries after apologizing to Pipes and ... +


After surviving a shipwreck, San Diego tuna fisherman Mike Mascarenhas, an immigrant from Portugal, loses a hand to a shark. The following season, one of his crew, Manuel Silva, falls overboard and is killed by the sharks following the boat. Mike brings the bad news to Quita, Manuel's daughter. Moved by Quita's beauty as well as her lonely situation, Mike, who is unpopular with women, takes care of her, bringing her food and money. When he asks her to marry him, Quita confesses that she does not love him, but he insists that this does not matter to him and he will accept her as she is. Touched by his generosity, Quita agrees to marry him. At the wedding, however, she falls in love with Pipes Boley, a fellow fisherman who is Mike's best man. When Quita tells Pipes of her love, he plans to leave town, but before he does, he catches a fishing hook on the back of his neck and Mike brings him home to recover. While Quita nurses him, she and Pipes fall deeper in love. Quita accompanies Mike and Pipes on a fishing trip, where, overcome by her feelings, she embraces Pipes, unaware that Mike is watching. Angry, Mike punches Pipes and dumps his unconscious body into a leaking boat, where, he gloats, the sharks will enact justice. As Mike watches the sharks surround Pipes, his foot is caught in a line and he is dragged overboard, where the sharks attack him. The men pull him out and he dies of his injuries after apologizing to Pipes and Quita. +

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